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Grand Opening & Open House at Homeward Bound office in Brockville Held on Friday

Grand Opening & Open House at Homeward Bound office in Brockville Held on Friday

From left, Leeds-Grenville Member of Provincial Parliament (M.P.P) Steve Clark and Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant Review Team Member Natalie Wood Present an Ontario Trillium Foundation plaque to Homeward Bound Brockville Project Manager Loretta Corbeil and Homeward Bound Brockville Facilitator Elizabeth Green during a grand opening and open house held at Homeward Bound Brockville’s Offices on March 3. – Submitted Photo

BROCKVILLE – Twelve Brockville-area women will soon be starting Homeward Bound Brockville, a program to provide wrap-around support so that women can build a life of economic self-sufficiency for themselves and their children.

The new Homeward Bound Brockville office located at 100 Strowger Blvd were officially opened by Leeds Grenville MPP Steve Clark during a brief ceremony on Friday March 3rd, 2017.

In addition to MPP Clark, Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant Review Team Member Natalie Wood was on-hand for the official presentation of a plaque from the Ontario Trillium Foundation acknowledging the organization’s support of the Homeward Bound Brockville initiative.

Clark paid tribute to the Employment + Education Centre (EEC) and it’s more than 30 years of providing employment and retraining services. He acknowledged that the funding pledge of $589,500 over three years as a move which will help some of the most vulnerable women and children in the area. “This is a big deal in our community,” he emphasized, adding that the addition of Homeward Bound Brockville to the roster of services which EEC provides is “another example of great client service” for which the agency has become known for.

Natalie Wood noted that the Ontario Trillium Foundation recognizes there is “no single solution” to treating the issue of poverty in our communities, and that solutions to deal with it are best when they are tailored to the community where they are taking place. “It’s safe to say that Homeward Bound Brockville will be great for our community,” she stated.

Some background into the Homeward Bound program as well as some of the ways which it has been tailored specifically to the Brockville area were provided by Homeward Bound Brockville Project Manager Loretta Corbeil. She noted that the program has achieved outstanding results since being initiated by WoodGreen Community Services in Toronto in 2004, in regards to the reduction of inter-generational poverty.

Corbeil was quick to acknowledge the participation of strong community partners with the Homeward Bound Brockville initiative, including the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville, The Brockville and Area YMCA, Leeds Grenville Lanark Health Unit, T.R. Leger School of Adult Alternative and Continuing Education, St. Lawrence College (Brockville Campus), the Assault Response & Care Centre of Leeds and Grenville, Brockville Police Services and Every Kid in Our Community.

With Homeward Bound Brockville, the Employment + Education Centre will deliver an innovative multi-year program designed to help women and their children to achieve economic self-sufficiency. Homeward Bound Brockville will help single female-led families make a successful transition to sustainable employment, housing and independent living for themselves and their children. Homeward Bound Brockville will provide many important resources and supports including life skills, credit and debt education, computer training, academic upgrading, employment readiness training, and an opportunity to obtain college diplomas.

Based on the WoodGreen Community Services Homeward Bound program in Toronto, ON, Homeward Bound Brockville is one of only a handful of partner projects taking place in communities across Ontario.

The Employment + Education Centre is integrating a second stream that equips women to move directly to the labour market. This allows the agency to provide more women with access to supports and services to break the cycle of poverty.

“The goal isn’t just finding a job; it is to equip each woman with the skills to navigate her future with awareness, advanced planning and strategies for success” says Sue Watts, Executive Director of the Employment + Education Centre.

The first cohort of participants in this program have already been through an extensive screening process and will begin the program in mid-March. A second intake of participants in Homeward Bound will take place in September.

As part of the in-class portion of Homeward Bound Brockville, participants will take classes which will provide information for raising a healthy family, budgeting, and improving employability and computer skills. The in-class portion of Homeward Bound Brockville is 16 weeks; after which participants will either enter the workforce or go on to post-secondary education

For ongoing information about Homeward Bound Brockville please visit www.eecentre.com

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